Subject Information


Personal Development And Citizenship

Our Curriculum supports our motto: Aspire, Achieve, Enjoy. A culture of high expectations for all which cultivates a love of learning and ambition for success. We create and empower successful lifelong learners who believe they can achieve, whilst building their cultural capital; inspiring and enabling them to make a lasting and positive contribution to future societies worldwide.

Personal Development and Citizenship is the multi-disciplinary study of a broad range of topics relating to the development of character and life skills, with the intention of preparing young people for life and work in modern Britain. The first priority of the PDC curriculum is to teach students how to be healthy and how to safeguard themselves and to appreciate the risks that they may face online and in the real world, including how to form and maintain safe and healthy relationships. Students also learn explicitly about the fundamental British values of democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; tolerance and acceptance of other faiths and beliefs, and mutual respect. The Twickenham School PDC curriculum has been created with regard to DfE and PSHE Association guidelines, and with the consultation of stakeholders including pupils, health professionals and community groups to ensure a high quality curriculum. The curriculum will equip pupils with the requisite knowledge and skills across four broad areas:

  • Safeguarding
  • Citizenship
  • Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
  • Careers and Aspirations

Specialist teaching

To ensure an excellent quality of education, the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education includes engagement with specialist external providers including the LVA Trust and the School Nursing Team.

Implementation - curriculum sequence

Year  Autumn HT1 Autumn HT2 Spring HT1 Spring HT2 Summer HT1 Summer HT2


(PDC curriculum delivered in PDC lessons, Tutor Time and Assemblies)


  • Introduction to PDC
  • Introduction to Safeguarding 
  • Anti-Bullying 1 
  • Online Safety


  • Self Esteem 
  • Anti-Bullying 2: Healthy and Positive Friendships 
  • Staying Safe outside, online and at home 
  • Healthy Lifestyles Part 1: Healthy Diet 
  • Healthy Lifestyles Part 2: Nutrition and Exercise 
  • Drugs Lesson 1: Caffeine and Energy Drinks 
  • Respectful Relationships 
  • Diverse Types of Family 
  • Media, Body Image and Self-Esteem 
  • British Values 
  • My Aspirations 
  • Healthy Relationships and Consent 
  • Growing Up and Puberty 
  • That ‘Privates’ are Private 
  • Online Risks Including Grooming 


(PDC curriculum delivered in PDC lessons, Tutor Time and Assemblies)

  • Safeguarding: Reporting Concerns
  • Anti-Bullying 1
  • E-Safety: Online Rights and Responsibilities
  • Antibullying 2: Being an Upstander
  • Introduction to Racism
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Drugs Education: Tobacco
  • Drugs Education: Vaping
  • Consequences of an unhealthy Lifestyle
  • Relationships and Consent
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Harmful Content and Pornography
  • British Values
  • Knife Crime
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Radicalisation and Extremism
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • My Highest Aspiration
  • Careers Research and Action Planning


(PDC curriculum delivered in PDC lessons, Tutor Time and Assemblies)

  • Social Media and Relationships
  • Safeguarding: Reporting Concerns
  • Anti-Bullying 1
  • Challenging Racism
  • Online Privacy
  • Healthy Lifestyle


  • Drugs Education: Alcohol
  • Drugs Education: Vaping
  • Drugs Education: Harms of Illegal Drugs
  • Sexual Harassment


  • Legal Aspects of Pornography and Sexting
  • Sexual Exploitation and Grooming (and how to report this)
  • Consent and Coercion
  • British Values
  • Radicalisation and Extremism
  • Contraception, Pregnancy, STIs and resisting peer pressure
  • Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Hate Crimes
  • Mental Health Awareness and the impact of drugs on mental health
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Parents
  • Careers Research and Action Planning
  • Salaries, Tax and Budgeting


(PDC curriculum delivered in Tutor Time and Assemblies)

  • Anti-Bullying 1
  • Safeguarding
  • Anti-Bullying 2
  • Internet Safety: Online Abuse
  • The characteristic and legal status of long-term relationships.
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Marriage and religious attitudes towards marriage
  • The concepts of, and laws relating to, sexual consent, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence (including FGM)
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Choices in relation to pregnancy including the choice to delay sexual activity
  • How and where to access confidential sexual and reproductive health advice and treatment
  • Mental Health Awareness including eating disorders
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience (including exam stress)


(PDC curriculum delivered in Assemblies and 2 x Tutor Time drop-down weeks)

  • Safeguarding
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Internet Safety


  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Religious views on marriage and other long-term relationships.
  • Mental Health and Physical Activity
  • Anti-Racism and Xenophobia
  • Consent
  • Coping with Exams


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